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5% reduction to councils Community Grant Funding

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DUP & UUP Councillors have voted in favour of a 5% reduction to the money allocated by Causeway Coast & Glens Council to community grant programmes for 2020/21.

The vote took place during last nights full council meeting.

In a social media post last night Councillor Ashleen Schenning said ‘Totally disgusted tonight as Causeway Coast and Glens council voted for 5% reduction to the revenue allocation from council funding contribution to the annual grants programme 20-21. It was hoped there would be a change of heart at full council.

This was not the case. There is a recorded vote for those of you working in the community and voluntary sector if you wish to know who supported cutting the funding to local organisations.

I can speak on behalf of the SDLP group in CCG and say we strongly opposed these cuts.’

Cllr Richard Holmes, UUP said “Given the difficult financial conditions the council is facing we have to make tough choices across a whole range of activities. But we must ensure we continue to deliver the basic services such as bin collections and licensing etc.

“The way we were attempting to spend money in council last night at the behest of SDLP and Sinn Fein made me wonder if Council had won the Euromillions.

“Whilst we made a small cut to grant programmes, SDLP and Sinn Fein wanted to restore a £750,000 community capital grant fund whilst council projects such as play parks for special needs children languish on the drawing board. This fund could cost council £90,000 per year for 10 years.

“It would be easy to say that the proposals by SDLP and Sunn Fein were merely to chase cheap headlines in an election campaign but given the sums of money involved in the headlines were anything but cheap.”

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